Lot #7149
Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics Torch

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Estimate: $2000+


Official 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics torch, constructed of gold-plated brass, aluminum, and Georgian pecan hardwood, measuring 31.75″ in length and 2″ at its widest point. Designed by Peter Mastrogiannis, the wooden handle represents the connection of the flame between heaven and earth, and the torch's twenty-two reeds, representing every host city of the Olympic Games since 1896, are gathered by bands at the top and bottom. The upper band displays the Atlanta Games logo and the quilt of leaves design, and the bottom band lists all Olympic cities and their dates since 1896. The metal 'reeds' are bent inward at the top, making this example of torch appear straighter than those with the typical flared end.

The torch relay was run from April 27 to July 19, 1996, and covered 26,875 km across the United States by over 12,000 torchbearers. Its journey included a trek on the Pony Express, a ride on the Union Pacific Railroad, and the first instance in which an Olympic relay torch made its way into space when it was carried aboard Space Shuttle Columbia as part of STS-78. A highly appealing relay torch from the Centennial Olympic Games.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Olympic Memorabilia
  • Dates: #601 - Ended January 21, 2021